This is believed to be based on an incident in which Beardsley was seen walking through Hampstead Church graveyard after the unveiling of a memorial to Keats. At this time Beardsley was suffering from tuberculosis, the same disease which had killed the poet. The elegantly dressed, yet emaciated figure, set against a subdued background, adds to the poignancy of the image; Beardsley died four years later. The painting was published in the Yellow Book when Beardsley was art editor.
Gallery label, September 2004
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